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Rehabilitation & Injury Prevention

Brian Noehren, PhD, PT, FACSM and Cale Jacobs, PhD (College of Medicine) 

Altering Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis After Patellar Dislocation

Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

The purpose of this innovative randomized clinical trial is to determine if knee aspiration and saline injection or blood flow restriction training (BFRT), either individually or combined, will improve outcomes after patellar dislocation.

Project Period: 07/01/2020 to 06/30/2024

Total Value: $2,889,181

Kyle Kosik, PhD, ATC

Physical Rehabilitation Through Telehealth for an Ankle Sprain: A Randomized Controlled Trial

NATA Research & Education Foundation

The purpose of this randomized controlled trial is to illustrate the value of immediate follow-up via telehealth by an athletic trainer for initial care for an ankle sprain.

Project Period: 06/15/2020 to 06/30/2023

Total Value: $55,921

Matt Hoch, PhD, ATC 

Optimizing Clinical Outcomes for Patients with Chronic Ankle Instability Using Foot Intensive Rehabilitation (FIRE)

Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

The purpose of this randomized controlled trial is to demonstrate that a novel Foot Intensive Rehabilitation (FIRE) protocol will create more effective clinical outcomes compared to standard of care rehabilitation for patients with chronic ankle instability.

Project Period: 09/15/2020 to 09/14/2024

Total Value: $2.5M

Nick Heebner, PhD, ATC and Matt Hoch, PhD, ATC 

Musculoskeletal Injury, Psychological Distress, and Suicide Among Military Veterans: Understanding Co-Morbidities, Disparities, and Barriers to Healthcare Access

U.S. Veterans Affairs

The goal of this study is to establish relationships between the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center and current academic partners (University of North Carolina Charlotte, University of Kentucky) with the Charleston Health Equity and Rural Outreach Innovation Center (HEROIC).

Project Period: 09/01/2020 to 09/01/2021

Total Award: $8,180

Ming-Yuan Chih, PhD, MHA

Physical Activity Monitoring among Bone Marrow Transplant Patients: An Apple Watch Feasibility Trial

American Cancer Society

This study develops and tests the feasibility of an Apple Watch-based system that includes software to track physical activity and monitor patient-reported outcomes (PROs) among patients undergoing inpatient blood and marrow transplantation (BMT).

Project Period: 10/01/2019 to 09/30/2020

Total Award: $29,966

Tim Uhl, PhD, ATC, PT, FNATA

SCH: INT: Collaborative Research: "RehabBuddy" Extending Individualized Physical Rehabilitation beyond the Clinic Using Wearable Technology to Empower Patients

National Science Foundation

The goal of this project is to assist patients to become more confident and self-reliant by providing them with a wearable technology system that can document performance of any exercise regardless of the level of rehabilitation.

Project Period: 07/01/2019 to 06/30/2021

Total Award: $50,008

Kirby Mayer, DPT, PhD

Physical Therapy Interventions in Critically Ill Patients Requiring Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy

This study determines the relationship between the timing and frequency of physical therapy interventions with patient outcomes of mortality, length of stay, and physical function in patients requiring extra corporal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).

Project Period: 09/12/2019 to 05/31/2021

Susan Effgen, PhD

The Impact of Dosing Parameters on Motor Skill Acquisition and Retention in Bilateral Cerebral Palsy (BCP)

Shriners Hospital for Children

This study compares the efficacy of two different dosing intensities of a novel therapeutic intervention that applies principles of motor learning and intensive practice to upper and lower extremity movement and postural control to improve functional motor skills, activity, and self-mastery in children with BCP.

Project Period: 01/01/2019 to 12/31/2021

Total Award: $108,025

Peter Meulenbroek, PhD, CCC-SLP

Development and Validity of the Feedback/Advice Spoken Task (FAST) to Assess High-level Pragmatic Language in Persons with Traumatic Brain Injury

American Speech Language Hearing Foundation

Providing feedback and advice is a common communication genre encountered within work, family, and social settings. Persons with TBI demonstrate characteristic difficulties with employing effective communication strategies to execute this common speech act. This study analyzes existing raw data from the Feedback/Advice Spoken Task (FAST) using a sociolinguistic analysis procedure. Findings will result in pilot data for a new assessment for identifying higher-level spoken language deficits that can potentially impact familial, workplace, and social relationships.

Project Period: 08/01/2018 to 01/31/2020

Total Award: $4,900

Nicholas Heebner, PhD, ATC & Tim Uhl, PhD, ATC, PT, FNATA

Biomechanical Validation of Push-up and Pull-up Progression Program

American Hand Therapy Foundation Incorporated

This study determines the biomechanical demands placed on the shoulder, elbow, and wrist during push-up and pull-up exercises. A more comprehensive understanding of the biomechanical demands on the entire upper extremity kinetic chain will facilitate a scientifically based exercise prescription during rehabilitation.

Project Period: 07/01/2018 to 06/30/2021

Total Award: $12,000

Nicholas Heebner, PhD, ATC

Marines SpeCial Operations PrEparedness (M-SCOPE)

The overall purpose of this project is to develop and deliver a specific operational preparedness ranking system for the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC).
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research

Project Period: 06/07/2018 to 06/30/2021

Total Award: $4,001,621

Phillip Gribble, PhD, ATC, FNATA

Addressing Neuromuscular Deficits for Improved Outcomes in Ankle Sprain Rehabilitation

U.S. Department of Defense, Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

This project compares a novel sensorimotor rehabilitation protocol for lateral ankle sprain against a standard of care protocol to determine if it is more successful at producing successful one-year outcomes and lower rates of re-injury and improved health.

Project Period: 03/05/2018 to 03/14/2022

Total Award: $2,494,695

Brian Noehren, PT, PhD, FACSM

Mechanistic Assessment of Blood Flow Restricted Training for an ACL Injury

National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases

This project will mechanistically test the ability of blood flow restricted training to improve the underlying morphologic and cellular maladaptations within muscle, and improve knee mechanics and strength following an ACL reconstruction compared to usual care.

Project Period: 07/22/2017 to 06/30/2022

Total Award: $2,786,621

Tim Uhl, PhD, ATC, PT, FNATA

Using Prospective Outcome Measures to Determine the Risk of Re-injury

American Physical Therapy Association

This study will determine if athletes return to baseline value of physical capability when return to play is permitted and if athletes not returning to preinjury level of physical activity are at greater risk for re-injury than those athletes who have returned to pre-injury level of capability when both return to sport participation.

Project Period: 04/15/2016 to 05/01/2020

Total Award: $8,230